That is the ultimate Nation Each day publication you may be receiving, as ALL ACCESS sunsets its information part (and its information employees) as of TODAY (8/15), as previously reported.
Whereas a lot has been written in current weeks concerning the 28-year-old website and its management, we might wish to take a second to share its NASHVILLE and Nation music historical past, and provide some thanks. JIM ASKER (now a Senior Charts Supervisor at BILLBOARD) was the corporate’s first workforce chief in MUSIC CITY, constructing a profitable enterprise that was taken over by RJ CURTIS (now Govt Director at COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS) in 2013, after which me (PHYLLIS STARK) in NOVEMBER of 2018. It was RJ’s thought to launch the Nation Each day, and what a very great concept that turned out to be. The Each day indicators off TODAY with a recipient record that has grown to greater than 21,000 trade readers.
Since JIM’s tenure, the NASHVILLE workforce has all the time been a three-person operation, and the individuals who stuffed the opposite two positions over time have gone on to unfold all through the trade right into a who’s who of leaders, and leaders-in-development. It is really exceptional what number of notable figures within the Nation music trade have ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE on their resume. We’re in every single place!
I am proud to have served with so a lot of them, most lately Nation Editor JEFF LYNN and Affiliate Nation Editor CHARESE FRUGE’, who elevated our recreation in NASHVILLE after they each moved right here final fall, every bringing years of high-level radio programming expertise with them. I can’t wait to see what nice issues they each do subsequent.
My earliest changes right here have been acclimating to ALL ACCESS’ quite (ahem) distinctive capitalization model for information tales, and discovering firsthand the cult-like mania that surrounded the coveted annual ALL ACCESS mouse pads. Pre-pandemic, once we nonetheless maintained a MUSIC ROW workplace, my favourite days have been when artists would are available in and carry out for us, which we might stream dwell on FACEBOOK. Among the many hottest of these FACEBOOK Dwell movies was with the band HOME FREE, which netted 49,000 views in 2020 (rather a lot for our little channel). These in-office performances have been additionally my first time seeing and assembly MATT STELL, NIKO MOON, INGRID ANDRESS, JAMESON RODGERS, ADAM DOLEAC, DYLAN SCHNEIDER and so many others.
I would wish to say an enormous thanks to all of our readers, our valued purchasers, each station, broadcast group, and document label that shared their Nation information and photographs and took our cellphone calls, and each publicist who stored the pipeline full for our Artist Data tales, launch calendar, Video Highlight web page and extra. Particular thanks as effectively to columnists JIMMY CARTER and JOHN SHOMBY, whose weekly contributions I had the pleasure of modifying. And an enormous shout-out to our ALL ACCESS colleagues across the U.S., who might not have been based mostly right here, however contributed mightily to the success of the NASHVILLE operations.
I am going to say farewell right here (however not for lengthy, promise) and switch this over to JEFF LYNN and CHARESE FRUGE’ for his or her remaining ideas.
“Like everybody else within the trade and on the ALL ACCESS employees, I’m very sorry to see it come to an finish,” stated LYNN. “I have been a registered consumer since almost day one, and it has been a profession spotlight for me to work for such a revered platform. For that chance, I’m grateful to each JOEL DENVER and PHYLLIS STARK. I additionally admire the help and cooperation of the music trade right here in NASHVILLE.
“So far as what’s subsequent, that is still to be seen,” he continued. “I like dwelling in NASHVILLE and hope to stay right here and have some position within the wonderful music and leisure that comes out of this nice metropolis. A thanks additionally, to everybody that has learn the NET NEWS, submitted a snap, or taken a cellphone name. It was all very a lot appreciated. Till subsequent time, all my finest.”
Mentioned FRUGE’, “I do know all of us felt the shock and disbelief within the trade once we heard that ALL ACCESS was shutting its doorways. I, too, have trusted it for thus many issues, for thus a few years, and discover myself asking, ‘The place will I’m going to for the data I want subsequent?’ Nobody did it fairly like JOEL DENVER and ALL ACCESS. I’m very fortunate to have been part of the workforce for just a few years. I’ve realized a lot throughout my time right here.
“As for what’s subsequent, I’m wanting ahead to discovering my subsequent nice problem (hopefully in NASHVILLE) the place I can apply my years of expertise and relationships to creating a brand new workforce and group nice within the music, content material and audio enterprise,” she added. “Within the meantime, I’m taking up a task at DEAD HORSE BRANDING right here in NASHVILLE, the place I’ll work three days per week on model growth, advertising and publicity, model technique, social media technique and extra. They’re an thrilling and modern PR agency the place I do know I’ll be taught loads. And judging from the workforce, I do know I can be impressed on daily basis to convey my inventive juices to the desk. I am unable to wait to dive in.”